THE BEST PRESCRIPTION F. Ball products chosen for new Primary Care Centre in Ireland.

Products from F. Ball and Co. Ltd., UK manufacturer of flooring adhesives and floor preparation products, have been used as part of a refurbishment of the Centrepoint Building in Tralee, Ireland, which will now serve as a HSE Primary Care Centre.

F. Ball’s Stopgap P131 general purpose primer and Stopgap Red Bag levelling compound were used by contractors for the 4000m2

floor refurbishment.

Dominating Tralee’s skyline, the six-storey property was built in 2008 but has remained largely unoccupied ever since. While this presented contractor Brendan O’Brien of BOBF with some advantages, such as minimum moisture levels and consequently no damp-proof membrane required since the existing raw concrete had fully cured over the years, it also posed challenges. With an out-of-service elevator, transporting 40 pallets of levelling compound up several flights of stairs proved both physically strenuous and time consuming, therefore the decision was made to remove the windows and transport the pallets from the street below.

The concrete subfloor of the building was primed using Stopgap P131, a general-purpose primer for both absorbent and non- absorbent subfloors. Priming prevents unacceptably fast drying of adhesives and levelling compounds on all surfaces, which can weaken the levelling compound and lead to floor failure, and it also helps to promote the adhesion of the levelling compound to a screed or waterproof surface membrane.


With planning permission for the care centre granted by the Kerry County Council, the job required a quick turnaround so the pump-specialising contractors needed a levelling compound which, in their own words, “had a quick curing time, could be pump-applied, and had compressive strength.” Ticking every box was F. Ball’s Stopgap Red Bag levelling compound, a water mix self-smoothing underlayment suitable for absorbent subfloors and in areas that are biologically sensitive. It is also designed for areas subject to foot and light wheeled traffic, the likes of which would be expected in a care Centre, and was applied by the contractors at a thickness of 8mm.

Commenting on the project, Brendan said: “I’ve used F. Ball products regularly for 13 years, and they’ve never let me down. We were very fortunate to have our F. Ball technical representative, Chris Moore, on the site with us for the entire three-day project, ensuring that the right materials were used and that we worked under optimum conditions. He wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, even helping us out with the pumping when we were under pressure!

“As a company, F. Ball’s technical background and support is next to none. They are our go-to product brand every time.” Follow on Twitter @FBallUK.

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